Breast Enlargement and Augmentation Services

Perhaps you’ve always wanted a fuller cup-size or perhaps you want to rejuvenate your post-pregnancy body. Our specialist consultants guarantee the highest standard of surgical care and results that can last a lifetime. For many patients, breast enlargement procedures have restored their confidence and offered a new lease of life.

Our consultants help women feel more confident in their own skin. Breast enlargement is a life-changing treatment for many patients and offers instantly noticeable results.

What does breast enlargement surgery involve?

The breast enlargement process commonly involves inserting breast implants behind the breast tissue, either under or over the pectoral muscle, to give a more voluptuous shape. There are two main options regarding surgical incisions:

  • Inframammary (the natural crease underneath your breast, this is the most common)
  • Transaxillary (under your armpit)
  • Periareolar (the area around the areola, or your nipple).

Usually, a hospital stay of one or two nights is required. The surgery will be carried out under general anaesthetic and will take between 60-90 minutes. We do not perform breast enlargement under local anaesthetic.

What are the benefits of breast enlargement?

Many women feel self-conscious about their breast size. Size is dependent on your genetics, but once developed your breasts may fluctuate in response to weight, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Breast enlargement is a safe way to increase confidence and boost self-esteem. In keeping with our ethos of providing excellent care, our leading surgeons adhere to strict guidelines so you can rest assured that you’re in expert hands.

What type of implants should I choose?

Based on what is right for you, one of our consultants will guide and advise you on what implant is best. The new size of your breasts will be affected by the diameter of the implant (determining their fullness) and its projection (how prominent you’d like your breasts to be). Shapes usually include round, anatomical or teardrop. We encourage patients to do some of their own breast enlargement research to help identify what implant shape you would prefer.

At The McIndoe Centre, we use either silicone or saline implants. We also use an implant called the ‘B-Lite’ which is 30% lighter than the standard silicone equivalent. It’s important to note that we don’t use PIP implants and the implants that we do use are ethically approved. Ultimately the choice is yours and our GMC registered team of surgeons are well equipped to advise you.

For breast enlargement, silicone or saline?

There are two basic types of breast implant options: saline and silicone gel, both of which come with their own separate advantages.

Silicone gel implants

The silicone used to fill the implant can be in the form of a liquid or gel. Implants filled with gel are called cohesive silicone implants and have a firmer feel. Silicone implants are less likely to wrinkle and give a slightly more natural appearance.

Saline implants

Saline implants are a salt-based, non-prosthetic implant. If the saline breast enlargement implant were to rupture, the contents would be absorbed into your body, however, surgery will probably be needed to remove the shell. Saline has a slightly firmer feel than silicone.


The B-Lite gel is cohesive and has a reduced density which makes implants up to 30% lighter than the standard silicone equivalent, achieving the same volume enhancement with 30% less weight. The gel is a microsphere-enhanced, cohesive, silicone gel. The microspheres are fixed in place physically and chemically providing form stable implants with a natural feel. Additional breast enlargement advice will be issued by your consultant during your consultation.

This page was written by The McIndoe Centre, in collaboration with Paul Banwell BSc MB BS FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Plast) Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. All information, advice and procedures were updated on 17th September 2019.

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Breast Enlargement/Augmentation FAQs

What are the possible complications of breast enlargement surgery?

Breast enlargement is a very popular and well-practiced procedure, but as with all surgical procedures, there can be some risks. At The McIndoe Centre, we do everything to minimise the chance of any complications. Some early issues include haematoma or seroma which is a collection of blood or fluid in the treatment area. This is quite uncommon and can easily be resolved by washing out the source of bleeding or fluid. Some women experience a change in nipple sensation which can be temporary or sometimes long-term.

Contrary to popular belief, you can breastfeed after surgery, there is no evidence that silicone is found in breast milk. Implants have been known to rupture; however modern silicone implants are filled with medical-grade silicone which is designed to stick. If the implant was to rupture it does not pose a serious health risk. Scar tissue can thicken and become tighter; this only has a risk level of up to 1 in 10 in a one-year period. If it becomes harder and distorts the shape of the breast you may need to remove and replace the implant.

Is there any scarring after breast augmentation?

It is important to remember that each person will heal differently. The incision is usually in a discrete place under the crease of the breast and typically only 5-6cm long. Throughout your journey with us, your consultant will advise of the best techniques to reduce the appearance of scarring.

What about breast enlargement after weight loss?

Women who have lost a considerable amount of weight in a relatively short space of time may turn to cosmetic surgery to boost their confidence. Breast enlargement is also a popular option for women who have recently given birth or have seen their breast shape change due to breastfeeding. Excess skin, stretch marks and sagging skin are common reasons women consider cosmetic surgery.

If you are considering breast enlargement for these reasons, it is likely you will be a good candidate for the surgery. However, each patient will require a consultation prior to their surgery. Every patient is different and therefore the surgery process must be tailored to your exact requirements and preferences.

Can I get breast enlargement after pregnancy?

It is not uncommon for your breasts to change shape during and after your pregnancy. Due to this, many women opt for breast enlargement (or augmentation) to help return their breasts to their previous “perkier” appearance. You will need to wait at least six months after giving birth until you opt for breast enlargement or enhancement. If you are planning on having more children, you may want to delay your surgery. Arranging a consultation with one of our surgical consultants will help you decide on the best course of action regarding your surgery options.

Breastfeeding after breast enlargement

Breast enlargement surgery does not affect the ducts or the areas that are responsible for milk production. Meaning, in most cases, your ability to breastfeed will not be affected following surgery. If you do have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask your consultant about breastfeeding during your consultation.

How much will it cost?

Guide prices are available here. Everyone's treatment plan is tailored to their own individual needs. For more information, we would be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. You can call the Helpline for free and professional advice on 01342 488054.

How can I maintain the results of breast implant surgery?

Remaining healthy and following your consultant’s advice should ensure your breast implants retain their shape and health for many years. It’s important to maintain a healthy weight to help avoid any potential sagging after your surgery. Drastic changes to your weight and diet can cause changes to the breast tissue and in some cases, this may mean you will need to undergo a second surgery to accommodate for the fluctuation in your weight.

How long does it take to recover from breast enlargement surgery?

Each patient will undergo a different recovery journey depending on the extent of their breast enlargement procedure. After your breast enlargement, tenderness surrounding your chest area is to be expected and, in most cases, initial recovery takes between 2-4 weeks. During this time, we would recommend taking at least one week off work to ensure your recovery process goes smoothly. After six weeks, you should be able to resume normal activities, physical sports and heavy lifting should still be avoided. After two months, your breasts should begin to feel and look more natural. If you so desire, your consultant can issue you with a breast enlargement aftercare package for you to keep track of after you leave our care.

Supporting your breast implants

As with any breast enlargement and/or uplift procedure, the implants will naturally add weight to your breasts. This is why it’s important to limit the impact of gravity by wearing supportive bras. When you get back to exercising, a sports bra that protects from movement is also advised. Ensuring you follow the aftercare advice given by your consultant will help you achieve your desired breast enlargement results.

What is the best sleeping position for breast enlargement?

The best sleeping position for breast enlargement is on your back. Try not to put pressure on your new breasts by sleeping on your side, as this may cause discomfort. Remaining as upright and as elevated as possible when sleeping is advised, especially during the first few weeks after your surgery. We recommend that you prepare some questions to ask at your breast enlargement consultation to ensure you fully understand the procedure.

Can I combine breast augmentation with other procedures?

Compared to having separate surgeries, combining treatments has the advantage of saving time and having only one recovery period. Having said this, your breast enlargement recovery period could become longer and you could be in a little more discomfort than having separate surgeries. If you are thinking about combining treatments, you can definitely discuss this with your surgeon during your initial consultation.